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Did you already know that recycling only one pound of plastic #1 (additionally labeled PET or PETE) saves 22.9 kilowatt-hours of power and 47.4 kilos of carbon dioxide emissions over producing the identical quantity of plastic from virgin supplies?
Plastic #1 could also be greatest recognized for its use within the manufacturing of soda and water bottles, a typical supply of litter within the U.S. Yet the U.S. recycled solely 29.1% of plastic #1 bottles and jars and eight.7% of plastics general in 2018. Our planet is covered in plastic pollution. It’s previous time to step up recycling efforts worldwide.
Data sources: “Eco-profiles of the European plastics trade,” a report by I Boustead for PlasticsEurope (March 2005) and How Much CO2 Emissions Per kWh of Electricity?
This poster was initially printed on February 25, 2020.